DJ Rhettmatic joined us LIVE to talk about why he started DJing, how the Beat Junkies and the Visionaries were created, why they started the Beat Junkies Institute of Sound for the next generation and more.
DJ Rhettmatic (born Nazareth Nirza)] is a producer, DJ and member and part creator of Southern California’s first turntable band, the World Famous Beat Junkies.
Rhettmatic began his DJ career in 1983, with Double Platinum, a DJ group based out of Cerritos, CA. His talent and musical expertise also extends into the realm of music production that helped him earn recognition and rewards. Rhettmatic highly acknowledges fellow Beat Junkie member, DJ Curse, as his leading mentor. As Curse shared his turntable exhibition, involving scratches and other DJ techniques, Rhettmatic’s interest in DJing formed, allowing him to take hold of his musical passion. Rhettmatic claimed the titles of Disco Mix Club (DMC) West Coast Champion (1996) and International Turntablist Federation (ITF) 2x Team World Champion (1997/1998).
Rhettmatic also helped found in 1994 and is the DJ/producer for the LA based underground hip hop supergroup, the Visionaries. He has worked with many in the hip hop community, from the likes of Peanut Butter Wolf, Talib Kweli, Madlib, DJ Premier, Cypress Hill, Mayer Hawthorne and Adrian Younge.
His musical masterpieces include “E=MC5” by KeyKool & Rhettmatic featuring Ras Kass, LMNO, Voodoo and Meen Green, and “From the Ground Up” b/w “Ubiquity” by The Associates featuring LMNO & KeyKool of the Visionaries, Rakaa Iriscience & Evidence of Dilated Peoples, and Divine Styler.
In December 2005, Rhettmatic was J Dilla’s tour show DJ in Europe, for his last tour ever, along with Frank n Dank and Phat Kat. Rhettmatic has also worked with and done production and scratches for Talib Kweli, OhNo, M.E.D., Aloe Blacc (Stones Throw), Prince Po (Organized Konfusion), RBX (The Dogg Pound), Noelle Scaggs of Fitz & the Tantrums and New York hip hop supergroup The Brown Bag AllStars, as well as having made mixtapes and podcast mixes for Ghostface Killah, Guilty Simpson and Stones Throw Records.
DJ Rhettmatic currently hosts Beat Junkie Radio on Dash Radio and is an instructor at the Beat Junkie Institute of Sound and you can find the crew if you are lucky spinning live here on the Beat Junkies Twitch.
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